Jobs to be Done

Time is both standing still and slipping away at the same time. It’s some kind of weird end-of-year phenomenon that happens every November and December. I’m sure Cindy is calmly approaching the holiday somewhere in Ohio, but I’ve got lots of work-work to do, and plenty of quilting to try to complete as time performs its slippery two-faced performance.

I’ve been sewing the tops for two queen-sized Garden Gate Charm quilts. I am in love with these colors! The quilts are Christmas gifts for the granddaughters of a dear friend. They must be quilted and then mailed to Canada. Since we’re past the US election, I hope the post office has worked out the kinks so that gifts can arrive on time.

Garden Gate Pearline version.

There is a third, smaller quilt required for the toddler cousin of the Garden Gate Charm quilts recipients. I don’t even have an idea for this quilt….I think I’m going to be late.

After Cindy helped me finish the Karen String Quilt, Ms. G. the quilter worked her magic and fixed all of my piecing errors. Really, that women is a quilting pixie. Now I’m looking forward to a night or two of hand-sewing with a good light and a glass of wine at hand so I can finish the binding. The really good news is that this recipient has found an apartment and she’ll escape the nursing home where she has been trapped because of Covid. The quilt will be a combined house-warming gift and Christmas present.

I’ve been walking a lot on the farm and I’ve been practicing my Hamilton poses. I am not throwing away my shot!

It’s been a rough fall, hasn’t it? Stillness and reflection are important to healing — I hope this picture from the farm helps you as much as it helps me.

No rules quilting

Are you thinking about leftover Monday? In the pause before spring really gets to sprouting, it’s very little difficult to keep my eye on my precious scraps when newer and shinier things are drawing my attention . I’m trying to design an Easter-themed wall hanging for my office with the new beautiful fabrics I purchased at Quilter’s Corner in Ithaca, NY.  Meanwhile, the scraps are piling up, unprocessed and lonely — how’s that for projection?

One of my no-rules quilting projects (perfect for leftover Monday) is something I originally found on the Red Pepper Quilts blog. I was really drawn to the way that the center 1″ white strips  define and highlight the blocks. Since the first time I noticed this pattern, I’ve seen the technique in other places. Whoever thought of it was brilliant — it allows for unthinking, no rules quilting– for when you’re distracted and a complicated pattern with color matching seems like just too much work.

I keep my scrap projects in a train case I found at a garage sale. I tucked a perfume sample from a magazine in it and, although I’m not a big fan of perfume, I love the way it smells every time I open it.


Train case with scrap projects inside.


So, after a tough day (week?) of work, I guess I will set aside my dreams for my new fabric, stop thinking about bright green grass, and dive into leftovers.


No rules quilting – string blocks.